Guns N' Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release, on the strength of "Sweet Child o' Mine", the band's only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units in the United States, making it the country's bestselling debut album and eleventh-bestselling album. Their next studio album, G N' R Lies (1988), reached number two on the Billboard 200. Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, recorded simultaneously and released in 1991, debuted at number two and number one on the Billboard 200 respectively and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units in the United States. "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993), an album of covers, was the band's last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan.

Chinese Democracy (2008), Guns N' Roses' long-awaited sixth studio album, was released after more than a decade of work and several lineup changes. At an estimated $14 million in production costs, it is the most expensive rock album in history. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but undersold industry expectations despite mostly positive critical reception. Slash and McKagan rejoined the band in 2016 for the Not in This Lifetime... Tour, which became the fourth-highest-grossing concert tour of all time, grossing over $480 million by December 2017.

In their early years, the band's hedonism and rebelliousness drew comparisons to the early Rolling Stones and earned them the nickname "the most dangerous band in the world". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, its first year of eligibility. Guns N' Roses have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them the 41st-bestselling artist of all time.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Appetite for Destruction 4.55 39
1988 G N’ R Lies 2.65 16
1991 Use Your Illusion I 4.5 14
1991 Use Your Illusion II 4.5 15
1993 “The Spaghetti Incident?” 2.65 9
2008 Chinese Democracy 4.35 12

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Use Your Illusion (USA specific compilation consisting entirely of songs without profanity, except “bullshit” in “14 Years”) 1
1998 Welcome To The Videos 1
2001 3 Original CDs 1
2004 Greatest Hits 5 9
2011 2 for 1: Appetite for Destruction + G N’R Lies 1
The Best Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Live Era ’87–’93 4 8
2003 Use Your Illusion I: World Tour - 1992 in Tokyo 2
2004 Use Your Illusion II: World Tour - 1992 in Tokyo 1
2006 Live Rarities 1
2014 Appetite for Democracy: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas 4
2016 Greatest Hits Live On Air 1989–’91 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 It’s So Easy 1
1988 Sweet Child o’ Mine / Welcome to the Jungle 3
1988 Sweet Child o’ Mine 3
1988 Welcome to the Jungle 1
1989 Nightrain 1
1989 Paradise City 2
1989 Patience 1
1991 You Could Be Mine 4
1991 Don’t Cry 1
1991 Live and Let Die 2
1992 Civil War 4
1992 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 2
1992 November Rain 2
1992 Yesterdays 4
1993 Ain’t It Fun 2
1993 Estranged 2
1994 Sympathy for the Devil 10
1994 Since I Don’t Have You 4
2008 Chinese Democracy 2
2008 Better 1
2018 Shadow of Your Love 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2018 Welcome to the Jungle (1986 Sound City session) 1
2018 Move to the City (1988 acoustic version) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1993 The “Civil War” EP 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Live ?!★@ Like a Suicide 1
1987 Guns N’ Roses (Live from the Jungle) 3

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2018 The Ritz, New York, 1988 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Chicago 1992 1
2016 Live - Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile. December 2nd 1992 1

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